Oatmeal cookies with cranberries and chocolate

I wanted oatmeal cookies, but I didn’t want to make banana cookies. And I dislike raisins…

So a bit of poking around in my pantry made me reach for leftover cranberries (from making the cranberry sauce) that I had frozen and a bag of mini chocolate chips. The resulting cookies are a bit crunchy, a bit chewy, with bright burst of cranberry and just a hint of dark chocolate. Craving satisfied ūüôā

Ingredients :
1 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tea spoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 tea spoon salt
1 tea spoon baking soda
1 tea spoon cinnamon
1/2 tea spoon nutmeg
Seeds of 3 green cardamon pods
3 cups oats
1 cup fresh cranberries
1/2 mini dark chocolate chips
ingredients

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1. Pre-heat the over to 350F.
Combine the dry ingredients (flour, salt, oats, spices, baking soda)
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2. In the bowl of a mixer, combine the sugar, brown sugar and butter.
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3. Cream together until lighter and fluffy. Then add the eggs one at the time, mixing well between additions.
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4. Add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
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5. Add the chocolate chips and cranberries.
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6. Fold into the batter.
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7. Spoon unto cookie trays lined with parchment paper.
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8. Bake for 12 minutes. They will be very soft coming out of the oven and will firm up as they cool.
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9. Allow to cool fully and transfer to a air thigh box.
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Molasses Cookies

I’m an awesome big sister (or so I keep telling myself) and made the molasses cookies my little brother had been craving for a month or so. Rustic, sweet, soft molasses cookies. Perfect for dunking in milk or tea or coffee.

Ingredients
2 1/2 cup flour
1 tea spoon baking soda
1 tea spoon baking powder
1/2 tea spoon cinnamon
1/2 tea spoon ginger
scant pinch ground cloves
pinch of salt
1/2 cup non salted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 egg
2 table spoon milk
ingredients

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1. Pre-heat the oven for 350F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, spices and salt.
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2. Combine the butter, brown sugar and molasses in the bowl of a mixer.
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3. Beat until smooth then add the egg. Beat until combined.
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4. Add half the flour, mix to combine. Add the milk, mix in and add the rest of the flour until just combined.
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5. Portion out (about 1/8 of a cup per cookie) and flatten with the back of a fork.
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6. Bake for 15-18 minutes and enjoy.
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Crinkle Cookies

Moist and dense but maybe skirting a little close to the overly sweet side. Excellent to satisfy a chocolate craving however.

Ingredients:
125g 70% dark chocolate
4 table spoon unsalted butter
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2 tea spoon baking powder
1/4 tea spoon salt
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup icing sugar
ingredients

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1. In a bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
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2. In a double boiler, melt the 70% chocolate and butter. Stir to combine.
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3. Meanwhile, combine the eggs, sugar and vanilla extract in the bowl of a mixer.
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4. Beat the eggs until light and thick.
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5. Your chocolate should be melted now. Take off the heat to cool for a minute.
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6. Once the chocolate is no longer scalding, pour it into the eggs with the mixer running on low.
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7. Add the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
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8. Stir in the mini chocolate chips.
Then stick the whole bowl in the fridge for 2 hours.
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9. Once your dough has chilled, pre-heat the oven to 325F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Spoon out dough and roll between your palms (aim for roughly golf ball sized). Put the powdered sugar in a shallow bowl and Roll in powdered sugar and roll the dough in it. Roll between your palms again to remove the excess.
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10. Bake for 13-14 minutes. They will be very soft and look a bit underdone, this is normal.

Allow to cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet before moving to a cooling rack. This should be just about enough time to prepare the next batch.
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11. Keep in an airtight box (they dry fast). Yields about 30 cookies.
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Acorn Cookies

The last cookie that was in my Holiday gift bags. Aren’t the little bags pretty?

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This is a variation of the Meringue cookies, made more solid and sturdy by the addition of ground almonds. One recipe makes 24 cookies,

Ingredients
1 cup ground almonds
1 1/4 cup dark chocolate pastilles
3 egg whites
1 table spoon white vinegar
1/4 tea spoon salt
1 cup sugar
1 tea spoon vanilla extract
* optional : almond flakes or ground pistachio for decoration
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1. Pre-heat the oven to 250F. Line two baking trays with parchment paper.
In the bowl of a mixer, combine the egg whites, salt and white vinegar.
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2. Beat until firm.
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3. Stream in the sugar and keep beating until stiff and shiny and shiny.
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4. Chop 1/4 cup of chocolate until only small chunks remain.
Add the chocolate, ground almonds and vanilla extract to the eggs and fold to combine.
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5. Spoon unto the prepared cookie sheets and put in the oven for 30 minutes.
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6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool fully.
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7. In a double boiler, melt the remaining cup of chocolate. If you want shinier cookies temper it, but I was on a time crunch so meh.
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8. Dip the cookies into the chocolate then allow to set.
If you want, dip the chocolate into almond flakes or ground pistachios to decorate.

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Pistachio cookies

Just pictures. Recipe is here : Biscotti al Pistacchio.

The only thing is that I do not roll the cookies in powdered sugar, as I find them quite sweet enough without it.

Thumbprint Cookies

I made these with the Boozy Strawberry Jam I made last summer. The saltiness of the shortbread is offset very nicely by the sweetness of the jam. A nice little taste of summer berries in the cold, grey and snowy winter.

Ingredients :
2 sticks butter, room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
2 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
jam
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1. Pre-heat the oven to 375F.
Cut the butter into chunks and put in the bowl of a mixer with the sugar.
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2. Beat the sugar and butter until light and fluffy.
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3. Add the yolks and the vanilla extract.
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4. Beat until fully incorporated.
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5. Add the flour and salt.
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6. Stir together until the dough forms a ball.
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7. Remove from the mixer and stick the dough in the fridge for a few minutes. This will help form the cookies and prevent them from spreading too much. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Form balls of dough about 1 inch in diameter and space them on the sheet. Gently flatten with the palm of your hand.
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8. With the handle of a wooden spoon, make a hole in each ball, just be careful not to go straight trough. Then use a 1/4 tea spoon measuring spoon and gently widen the well in the dough.
You can also use your finger or a thimble for this.
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9 .Bake for 8 minutes then remove from the oven. If the wells have puffed up, just press them down again. Spoon in the jam.

Then put back in the oven for 4 minutes, until the edges of the cookie are firm and the bottom golden brown.
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10. Carefully transfer to a cooling rack. They will be very soft at this point. Allow to cool fully.
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Triple Chocolate & Almond cookies

Also known as my “death by chocolate” cookies. Very rich, dense and sweet but not cloying.

One recipe makes for 4 dozen cookies or more, so plan to share them.

Ingredients
2 1/2 cup flour
2 table spoon almond liqueur
3/4 tea spoon baking powder
3/4 tea spoon baking soda
3/4 tea spoon salt
1/2 cup cocoa
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
1 1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
3 tea spoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup milk chocolate chips
3/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
100g of slivered almonds

ingredients

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1. Pour the almonds into a cake mold or on a small cookie sheet.
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2. Set the oven to broil and cook the almonds until brown and fragrant. Remove from oven and transfer immediately to a cold bowl. Set aside and allow to cool completely.
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3. Pre-heat the oven to 375F.

4. Cut the room temperature butter into chunks and put in the bowl of the mixer (or large mixing bowl)
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5. Beat the butter until it is a bit lighter and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
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6. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well between each. Add the almond liqueur and the vanilla extract.
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7. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, brown sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
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8. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in 4 steps, until everything comes together.
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9. In a very large mixing bowl, combine the almonds, chocolate chips and mini chocolate chips.
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10. Transfer the dough to this bowl and knead until all the chocolate chips and almonds have been incorporated.
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11. Pinch off a bit of the dough (about a large tea spoon to a small table spoon worth) and roll between your hands until smooth. Lay the dough balls on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
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12. Bake for 9 minutes. They should barely be firm around the edges. Allow to rest for 30 seconds to a minute once out of the oven to firm the cookies then transfer to a plate or cooling rack.
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